Over his first four starts covering 26 2/3 innings, Despaigne has allowed only four earned runs. He also owns a 0.98 WHIP and a 12:8 K:BB ratio over that span. His next start will likely come after the All-Star break.
Lyons will be sent down in order to make room for Joe Kelly, who is returning from the disabled list. Lyons was just activated from the DL Monday, and tossed three innings for the club Thursday.
Making his last start before the All-Star break, Kershaw allowed a solo home run to Chase Headley in the sixth inning for his only damage of the night. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out 11 over nine innings of 2-1 win. Of his 115 pitches, 85 were strikes.
Kerhsaw has three complete games this season. He owns a 1.78 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP over 14 starts (96 1/3 innings). The Dodgers have not announced their pitching plans after the All-Star break, but he will likely be one of the first Los Angeles pitchers to take the hill after the break.
Hahn has pitched 73 innings this season between Double-A and the Padres. At spring training, he was initially targeted to pitch 110 innings after logging only 69 innings under Tampa Bay's farm system last year.
"Having him reach new thresholds is important for his growth as a pitcher," said Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch. "He's done a great job with the added workload."
Hahn will make his final start before the All-Star break Friday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Just three days after having a cortisone injection in his left hip,
"Josh feels pretty good," manager Don Mattingly said. "Played catch up to 90 feet, felt good. We're hopeful that this time will allow the injections and all of that to take hold, and we'll be able to strengthen areas that he needs to and just kind of feel better in general."
Victorino finished 0 for 2 with two strikeouts in his first game action since a back injury. He will play another game at Class Lowell before playing two more games for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Medica left the game in the bottom of the second inning with the injury, and was replaced with Rene Rivera. Medica is hitting .230/.275/.410 with four homers and 13 RBI in 122 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Dodgers.
Over his last two starts covering eight innings, Guthrie has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.56 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 19 starts (120 1/3 innings). His next start will come after the All-Star break.
Smyly has allowed four-plus runs in each of his last three starts. He owns a 4.00 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 87 2/3 innings of work. His next start will come after the All-Star break.